Special Projects/Long Range Planning

Current Projects

Wastewater Management Plan

The revised NJDEP Water Quality Management Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:15-5.4) designated the responsibility for preparing wastewater management plans to the county boards of chosen freeholders. The County of Morris has accepted this responsibility and is working in coordination with the NJDEP and the municipalities in developing this plan.

Morris County New Residential Housing Study

The Study originally analyzed new housing construction trends from 2003 to 2010. This study has been updated yearly to provide current information on these trends.  Each report includes a detailed assessment of new housing construction with information on housing types, sizes, prices and location of construction.

Green Initiatives Recharge and Bio Retention Projects

Staff will identify all stormwater basins on county-owned property and assess their feasibility for conversion to groundwater recharge basins and application of water quality improvement measures. Staff is also assisting the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee in a pilot project to convert existing stormwater basins at Morris View and the Public Safety Training Academy to “Bio-Retention” basins, which will filter pollutants to improve groundwater quality in the watershed.

Ongoing Activities

Municipal Zoning Reports and Master Plan Summaries

The Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A 40:55D-13, 15, & 16) requires municipalities to provide a copy of all proposed and adopted master plans, plan amendments and development regulations to the County Planning Board. Staff prepares monthly reports on municipal master plans and zoning ordinances for the Morris County Planning Board in advance of its regular meeting.

Legislative Action Reports

Staff monitors proposed planning-related State and Federal regulations and legislation and identifies those which may affect planning and development activities in Morris County. Relevant topics include: housing, economic development, redevelopment, energy policy, environment, transportation, land use, historic preservation, open space, and agriculture. A summary of legislative activity is provided to the County Planning Board on a monthly basis.